Cheaper 3D technology could come to smartphone cameras
Cheaper version of lidar may help Stanford’s 3D imaging system become available on more smartphones
Lidar fires laser light and times how long it takes to bounce off a subject and back to the phone. It can be used to measure how fast an object is moving, how far away it is, whether it is moving closer or further away, and whether it will pass another object. Lidar is already used on the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max to improve focus in low light and for night mode.
Kabayama added that “Whether you’re a CrossFit junkie, weekend golfer, or Peloton enthusiast, the risk of physical injury is present and for many, a constant battle. Professional athletes have access to 3D technology that serves as a way to minimize performance-related injuries, but most of us everyday athletes don’t.”
Everyday athletes could have access to the same injury reduction insights as pros if bringing 3D capabilities to smartphones lowers the cost of using 3D technology. “With most injuries from overuse, poor form or other poor body mechanics, 3D imaging can make identifying areas for improvement – whether it’s form or parts of the body to be strengthened – a transparent task”, continues Kabayama.
3D capabilities on smartphone cameras will also improve security
Another leader of a 3D company is Hans Hansen, the CEO of Brand 3D. Hansen states that “With 3D cameras, you would be able to capture scenes and objects that people could experience remotely as if they were physically in the room. This would be revolutionary for remote working, learning and social distancing during pandemics, as well as to diagnose, treat and repair functions in healthcare, technology and manufacturing.”
Collecting more in-depth information helps get more data about your face to your phone. This should reduce the number of times facial recognition fails to recognize your face and also protects you from attackers trying to break into your handset.